Gunners' 'prime' defender target makes shock u-turn - set to sign deal

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Arsenal appear set to miss out on African defender target Chris Samba.

The Congolese international was poised to leave Ewood Park at the start of January after the club sacked Sam Allardyce, with Arsenal thought to be favourites to sign the player.

Arsene Wenger has been linked with a string of defenders, but reports in British media outlets named Samba as the 'prime' target for the Arsenal boss given the defender crisis engulfing his squad at the Emirates.

However, Samba appears to have changed his mind with regards to staying at Blackburn, and manager Steve Kean is delighted the defender is close to agreeing a new deal.


"There was obviously the confusion early on when everything turned out the way it did," said Kean.

"But for Chris Samba as the team captain and for Ryan Nelsen as the club captain, to tie them down would be fantastic. One’s already done and the second one’s very close."

The Gunners will have to move quickly if they are to secure the signing of a centre back, with only a week remaining in the winter transfer window.

Per Mertesacker, Richard Dunne and Jan Vertonghen have all been linked with an Arsenal switch, providing cover in a position that remains a concern for the north London outfit.

Wenger confirmed that he would like to add a player in this position only a fortnight ago, but it seems that Samba won't be the man moving to Arsenal.

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